Starting of this review by thanking the ever amazing Shealea from Shut Up, Shealea. I am always grateful for the opportunities that you’ve given me. I am not one of the best reviewers but thank you for giving me the chance to read and discover new books.
Have you ever wondered what would it feel like to fly? to have an incredible speed? Or maybe to move things through your mind? What if you had the chance to be all that? Would you grab it? Or would you stay just the way you are?
Sixteen-year-old Silver Melody lives in a world where 80% of the population has modified their DNA. Known as the altereds, those people now possess enhancements like wings, tails, and increased strength or intelligence. Although Silver’s parents created the nanite pill used to deliver these genetic modifications, Silver is proud of her unadjusted state.
However, when the president declares all unadjusteds must take a nanite, Silver has no choice but to flee the city with her father and some friends to prevent the extinction of the unadjusteds.
With Silver’s mother in prison for treason, Silver’s father is the unadjusteds’ only hope at finding a cure. But time is running out as Silver’s father is captured by the president’s almost immortal army. Vicious hellhounds are on Silver’s trail, and her only chance to recover her father involves teaming up with a new group of unlikely friends before all humanity is lost.
I throw one of my acorns at him. It dinks off his hard skin and rolls to the ground. “I guess. I just never understood the different mentalities. There was a line. Unadjusteds on one side and altereds on the other. Now I see that was a rather naïve assessment. There are so many lines.”
Living in a world where most people have genetic modifications, I understand why Silver Melody wanted to preserve humanity. Her parents made the nanite with good intentions, cure for cancer, disabilities, health problems, name it all but when greed comes in, that’s a whole lot issue.
I actually don’t really know how to start this review because I can’t quite wrap my mind around it. For starters, I love the story line. It is creative and very timely. There has always been an issue about government and the caste system and this book showed the intensity of those issues can bring. I also love the contrasting ideas that the author made throughout the book, the chaos and the hope. Her writing style really captivated me, it made me feel like I’m listening to a great story of war and love and I let it unfold before me.
There’s so much I wanted to tell of how much the story got into me but I’m afraid that I would go into much detail and spoil the book. I only read a few science fiction books but I can say that this is one of the best and I can’t wait for the continuation of the story. I hope this book will reach a lot of readers and let them see and experience the beauty of this book.
Marisa Noelle is the writer of MG & YA SFF & mental health novels. The Shadow Keepers is due out July 2019, The Unadjusteds in November 2019 & The Mermaid Chronicles – Secrets of the Deep at the end of 2019. When she’s not writing or reading or watching movies, she enjoys swimming. In the pool she likes to imagine she could be a mermaid and become part of some of her make-believe words. In the water, she can ignore the real world and focus on the plots of new novels and scenes. She lives in Woking, UK with her husband and three children.